Vivo recently named Michael Herschman executive chef of its Cleveland and Chicago restaurants. The local dining scene veteran (Mojo Bar and Music Cafe, Copa Restaurant, Bossa Nova) will be based at Vivo's Cleveland restaurant and has already unveiled his new menu, which he characterizes as "rustic, Italian, fresh simplicity," for the East Fourth Street neighborhood location. His seafood salad with calamari, shrimp and mussels, cucumber, radish, celery hearts and grilled lemon is a welcome addition as is the penne al quattro formaggi, which is one of the best gourmet mac-and-cheese creations we've seen in awhile with its baked mixture of four cheeses, shallots and mushrooms. The rare seared tuna and tartare is a great summer entree selection and we'd be remiss not to mention that everyone should dig into a side of the addictively delicious pecorino mashed potatoes, even if it is 85 degrees outside. For more information on the new menu, visit www.vivo-cleveland.com.
Classics restaurant continues its series of monthly wine dinners July 20 by highlighting Napa Valley's Fisher Vineyards. A winery representative will be on hand to present the wine selections accompanied by a menu that complements each choice. Call (216) 707-4157 for reservations. For more information on upcoming wine dinners at Classis, visit www.classicsrestaurant.com.
Hudson's Vue Restaurant & Lounge recently expanded its hours of operation to include lunch, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The restaurant's PreVue Lounge will also be available during lunch for private functions, while the restaurant's outdoor patio offers guests an al fresco dining option (weather permitting) through Sept. 14.
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse recently opened its fourth Northeast Ohio location with a new West Side restaurant, located at Crocker Park in Westlake. Like its downtown, Beachwood and Akron counterparts, diners can expect to find plenty of prime steaks and a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere. Unique touches at the Westlake location include a mural of Cleveland's 1929 skyline nestled among dark woods, high ceilings and an open kitchen. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner.
Tremont's Flying Monkey Pub has launched a new Tuesday evening showcase for singers and songwriters. Dubbed "Project Mojo," the weekly event aims to create a friendly place for musicians to not only perform live, but also capture the moment for posterity. Each evening is recorded and there are plans to release a "Project Mojo and Friends" CD this summer. For more information, call (216) 496-7190.
Chris and Jimmy's Diners, 1975 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, (216) 932-3001; Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, 21 Main St., Westlake, (440) 892-HYDE; Lolita, 900 Literary Road, (216) 771-5652.